State of the ARC #1

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State of the ARC is hosted by AvalinahsBooks It is a fun way to share our ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes and mishaps. For more about it and to participate click here.

I have decided to join in on this new monthly feature created by Avalinah’s Book. State of the ARC for me is a little sad.

Lets look at my stats:

NetGalley -11/28 overdue 39%
Edelweiss 9/16 overdue 56%
Total 20/44 overdue 46%

I don’t have large numbers of books from Netgalley or Edelweiss. I am super picky, as we all should be, about the books I want to invest time in. I am still behind though. What am I going to do about it, that’s the question isn’t it?

In October I plan to read:

My list includes a few overdue books just because now I can see I really need to get them off my list. I have a few that I DNF’d that I really need to just take off the list. Should I put a post together about them, or just send a little note to publisher? Do you really want to see why I DNF’d these books and which ones didn’t make the cut?

I should say that I am not going to request anymore books until I get this under control but that would be a flat out lie. I will probably also purchase a bunch of backlist books and try to squeeze them in just because I am really smart. *winky face*

Also, I need to mention that I downgraded my Goodreads challenge reading goal this past month.


Yes! I could juts do that and I have no regrets. I am too far behind to hit that number so instead of having it mock me for the rest for the rest of the year, I downgraded it. Now my progress pleases me.

Anyways, that the State of the ARC for me this month. I would love to see how you are doing? Leave a me a comment so we can cry about our stats together, because I know #thestruggleisreal and it isn’t just me.

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By | 2017-11-01T17:30:41+00:00 Tuesday, October 3, 2017|State of the ARC|18 Comments

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.


  1. Geybie's Book Blog October 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Wow, awesome tag. I need to do this. I think every book blogger needs to do this. The struggle is real! Hehe.. I’ll check out these books. I’m curious about some of them. I’m more picky lately too, Karen. I don’t request or accept every book sent to me or offered to me. I got burned out the last time I did that. I’m extra careful with netgalley especially. The temptation is HIGH! 🙈😁

    • Karen Blue
      October 3, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Yes, that is exactly what I thought when I saw Avelina’s post! I hope you do participate. I wanted to combine this with my monthly wrap up but time constaints today did not allow for that. I might next month though. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. kimbacaffeinate October 4, 2017 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Go you, I need a state of my tbr I wish you luck 🙂
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  3. carol October 4, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I have way too many ARCs to read. NetGalley is just too tempting for me. I don’t have Central Station, but I do have it on my to-read list.

    • Karen Blue
      October 5, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      I hate to say this, but Central Station is available on Edelweiss, or it was last time I checked. I wish you luck on getting caught up #thestruggleisreal.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance October 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I have more physical ARCS from ALA than I do e-arcs, and I only get those from Netgalley. At the same time, I am a bit behind on posting reviews for some, but I’m mostly caught up on the e-arcs. I’m really trying not to request too many so I can finally get through all of those read more of the ones I just own.
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    • Karen Blue
      October 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      You are very disciplined then. I have some eARCs that are like 2 years old *hangs head in shame*. I will eventually get caught up. I hope. Thanks for stopping by Lauren!

  5. Evelina October 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks for joining up! Have I told you about that bit where I made the ARCs Anonymous Goodreads group to help us cope yet? Cause I keep telling everyone and now I’m mixed up 😀
    It’s totally alright to lower your Goodreads goal. Life just gets in the way sometimes 🙂
    DNF reviews are definitely important. Some of those have saved me from bad impulse buys 🙂 just don’t give it a star rating. And you can make a big post for all your DNFs on the blog.
    Also, your stats bars! How did you make those? They are absolute eye candy! Beautiful!
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    • Karen Blue
      October 5, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      First of all, no you haven’t mentioned anything about a Goodreads group. Please give me details.
      I will get to work on that DNF post soon, I swear. TThere are so many right now that I really need to address and get off my ARC list.
      The progress bars are something that came with my Avada theme. I paid about $60 for this theme, but I haven’t regretted it even for a second. It has so many functions that I haven’t even discovered them all yet in over two years. Lol! I need more hours in my day to devote to this blog, and catching up on my ARCs.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Evelina October 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

        Oh, that’s cool – it comes with your theme! As for the reading group, I can see you’ve found it 😀 I just created it yesterday, actually! Like in the middle of answering blog comments, and three hours later – boom 50 members 😀 it seems to be relevant! Which makes me really happy, of course. I hope you’ll have fun in the group 🙂
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  6. MarthaE October 6, 2017 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Hi Karen-
    I found you through this meme. Not sure I will have time to create a post… I sort of keep a running track of my progress in the middle/lower part of my Sunday/Monday post each week.
    I’m always glad to meet new to me bloggers.
    I got two books at Edelweiss about two years ago and then stopped. I knew I couldn’t keep up with them as well as NetGalley.
    I do pretty well with the ebooks but find it takes three weeks now for me to read a print book- Ack.
    I like your progress bars too.
    It is certainly okay to reduce your Goodreads Goal. I have downsized at the end of the past two years so I don’t stress over not making the goal. I might drop it another 10 next year although I am pretty guaranteed to read/listen to 3 a week so 160 should be okay.
    I think the publishers would like to know why you DNF a book. It helps them know if it is an editing, genre or other issue.
    Happy Reading.
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    • Karen Blue
      October 7, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Martha! I am always glad to meet new bloggers as well. I love Edelweiss but I know it is an acquired taste. The thing is that so many books on Edelweiss never make it to NetGalley and with certain publishers I am more likely to be approved on Edelweiss since I review there so much. But I totally get it. I always send a note with reasons I DNF to a publisher. I mark the book as DNF on Goodreads without a star rating and move on. In the past I have published posts with a few DNFs at a time telling readers why I gave up on the books. I feel kinda bad for the authors but people have gone of to read those books even though I DNFd them so maybe I should keep doing that. My reasons aren’t other readers reasons. It’s kinda like how I always read the negative reviews for a book before buying it. Some people’s reasons for hating a book are the exact things I love about a book.

  7. Sheila @ She's Going Book Crazy October 9, 2017 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Hey Karen, I’m glad to see you taking part in this challenge! In regards the the DNF reads, I still normally write a short review, explaining my reasons why I stopped reading the book. I treat it like a book that I read, just without the rating, and then send the review and note back to the publisher. Not that you must do the same, but it’s nice to let the publisher know why you didn’t finish the read. 🙂 Happy reading and catching up!

    • Karen Blue
      October 9, 2017 at 6:37 am - Reply

      I do the same. I was asking about posting those short reviews on my site for my readers. I did it anyways, it went up this morning.
      Thanks for stopping by Sheila!

  8. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity October 10, 2017 at 5:51 am - Reply

    I’ve seen this feature and I know I should probably do the same because the state of my ARCs is a little embarrassing but I am scared to. I am definitely interested in seeing your progress and hopefully seeing figures on the screen will help motivate you in your reading. I think downgrading your Goodreads goal is great, it sucks to put pressure on yourself when you know you can’t achieve it so bringing it to a lower number that looks more achievable is a great idea.
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    • Karen Blue
      October 10, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      I think even if your ARC is embarrassing that is the point of this meme. We all need to try to keep up and it is not easy (but rewarding to get so many FREE books amiright?). I am cheering you on anyways. Thanks for stopping by Becky!

  9. Bethan Hindmarch October 11, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    I always feel awful not finishing a book; I used to hold the opinion that if you’re unable to finish a book that in itself is a critique of it. But when I had to DNF a book I was asked to review, and as I was new to reviewing I checked with the author if she still wanted my review, she said no as I couldn’t have formed a full opinion on it…
    Would love to hear your opinion on the matter, and how long you give a book before dnf!

    • Karen Blue
      October 12, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

      I posted a DNF Round Up just this week. It really depends. I think it depends on the length of the book and how bad/slow/confusing the start is. All of those things and person feelings. I don’t actually rate any of the books I DNF and I try to explain to the publisher why it didn’t work for me.

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